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A traditional mishloah manot care package for the Jewish holiday of Purim. Source: nweiss81/ Flickr

A traditional mishloah manot care package for the Jewish holiday of Purim. Source: nweiss81/ Flickr

The following is a press release from the UJA-Federation:

UJA-Federation of New York’s fourth annual “Pack It Up For Purim” food drive runs now through March 16, 2014, and aims to provide more than 3,000 food packages to hungry New Yorkers. Food will be collected at JASA Brighton/Manhattan Beach Senior Center, 60 West End Avenue in Brooklyn; JASA Senior Alliance Senior Center, 161 Corbin Place in Brooklyn; Kings Bay YM-YWHA, 3495 Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn; and Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, 3300 Coney Island Ave in Brooklyn.

Drop-off times for JASA Senior Centers are Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Drop-off times for Kings Bay YM-YWHA and Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach are Mondays through Thursdays from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The initiative follows one Purim tradition of offering mishloach manot, or charitable food baskets, to friends, neighbors, and those in need. Fanning out over New York City, Long Island, and Westchester, over 40 UJA-Federation beneficiary agencies, synagogues, day schools, and other organizations are collecting food donations and many are organizing food-packing projects to help inspire community-building and charitable giving.

“Approximately 2.6 million New Yorkers – or nearly one in four – have difficulty affording food for themselves and their families and we need to come together to help feed our neighbors,” says Susan Kohn, executive director of the Volunteer Leadership Development Department at UJA-Federation of New York. “In the spirit of Purim, we are so grateful to our food collection sites and encourage all New Yorkers to come out and help members of our community who are just trying to feed their families.”

“Our goal for last year was to deliver over 2,000 food packages, and this year we raised that goal to 3,000 to further alleviate pressure on food distribution sites and increase the number of families we can serve,” said Kohn.

Each Pack It Up for Purim food package will contain nutritious, nonperishable items such as whole-grain cereal or oatmeal, canned vegetables, canned tuna, pasta, beans, granola bars, and peanut butter.

The festival of Purim, celebrated annually by Jews around the world, commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination.

For more information on how to volunteer and to find a list of the food collection sites, please visit For information about these “Pack It Up For Purim” food collection sites, please contact:

  • JASA Brighton/Manhattan Beach Senior Center, Anna Bella: (718) 646-1118 /
  • JASA Senior Alliance Senior Center, Sheila Galvez: (718) 646-4100 /
  • Kings Bay YM-YWHA, Laura Mezhiborsky: (718) 648-7703 ext. 227 /
  • Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, Ariella Angert: (718) 646-1444 ext. 332 /

After working side by side with an artist for one year to create beautiful tiles, members of the JASA Senior Alliance and SPARC’s Tile Program experienced feelings of satisfaction as their tiles, which were used to create murals on the wall of the Scheuer House of Manhattan Beach, were unveiled on Monday, July 16.

The unveiling of over 100 tiles on the “wall of joy,” took place in the courtyard of the Scheuer House, located at 161 Corbin Place. Over 50 people were present at the event. Several elected officials, including State Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny and Senator David Storobin, attended this unveiling.

In producing these tiles, JASA, an organization dedicated to nourish and enhance the lives of the elderly in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, and Long Island, partnered with “Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide,” (SPARC). SPARC is an art engagement program that places artists in senior centers across the New York Metropolitan area. It was created by the Office of the Mayor in 2009 as part of the “Mayor’s Age-Friendly Initiative,” and is partially funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Students from Kingsborough Community College’s illustration classes along with members of the Trump Village Art Class will be displaying their paintings, May 4 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in room M239 at Kingsborough College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard.

The public is invited to see the exhibit, entitled “Places We’ve Been” and also have a chance to meet the artists. Refreshments will be available.

The inter-generational group, which has produced some impressive works of art (and, we assume, cultivated bonds of friendship) under the guidance of Project Leader Madeline Sorel, has been working together since January thanks to the Jeannette Solomon NORC-SSP Cultural Arts Grant under the auspices of The UJA Federation.

Take a look at the wonderful artwork they do, and more importantly, the smiles on their faces, something for which you cannot affix a pricetag: